On Sunday Hill City-University athletes competed at the Otago Cross Country Champs, at the Chisolm Park Golf Course. Conditions under foot were perfect. The course was exceptional and was run on an undulating, challenging, and fast course. The biggest challenge of the day was contesting the southerly wind, followed by the undulations making it difficult to find a rhythm at times. ODT article can be found below:
This year the Otago Champs was incorporated with the Secondary Schools Otago Champs. It made for a great event. Numbers were the strongest we have seen for years, and it was amazing to see so many spectators enjoying the event. Something we would love to see continue.
Running the Otago Champs on this course has provided the perfect trial before the National Cross Country Champs to be held in 3 weeks on the same course. Let’s hope the weather will be as nice as yesterday.
Hill City-University athletes had a very successful day, congratulations to all Hill City-University runners, and the place getters, of which we had a large number.
Please see the Hill City-University results below. A full set of results can be found at:
Boys Under 12, 2km
Archie Rhodes 2nd place (8:46)
Alex Walker 3rd place (10:12)
Girls Under 14, 3km
Anya Rhodes 6th place (13:23)
Lila Rhodes 7th place (13:46)
Boys Under 14, 3km
Charlie Light 5th place (12:00)
Lachlan Crumpton 14th place (13:22)
Girls Under 15, 3km
Zara Geddes 1st Place (11:43)
Anna Carswell 4th Place (12:41)
Boys Under 15, 4km
Jake Owen 1st (14:32)
Nicolas Ray-Virat 3rd (14:55)
George Hamilton 4th (15:03)
Matthew Bolter 5th (15:26)
Girls Under 19, 4km
Rachael Turner 3rd (16:57)
Megan Foster 4th (17:16)
Boys Under 19, 6km
Grayson Westgate 3rd (23:25)
Women Under 20, 6km
Laura Bungard 2nd (26:40)
Masters Women 35-39, 6km
Shireen Crumpton 1st (26:23)
Sarah Rhodes 4th (29:08)
Masters Women 50+, 6km
Barbara Patrick 4th (34.43)
Myrtle Rough 9th (40.04)
Cathy Weatherston 10th (46:05)
Masters Men 65+, 6km
Phil Morris 2nd (30:35)
Men Under 20, 8km
Russell Green 2nd (28:08)
Finn Molloy 4th (28:39)
Masters Men 35+, 8km
Tim Bolter 4th (30:12)
Simon Rhodes 8th (32:05)
Elliot O’Sullivan 10th (33:24)
Mark Geddes 14th (37:59)
Masters Men 50+, 8km
Robbie Johnston 1st (30:06)
Eric Scharpf 4th (36:47)
Mark Chignell 5th (36:52)
Richard Foggarty 9th (37:41)
Senior Women, 10km
Rebekah Greene 1st (39:28)
Senior Men, 10km
Logan Slee 3rd (35:54)
Kirk Madgwick 5th (36:09)
Ollie O’Sullivan 7th (36:21)
Joel Carman 13th (39:27)
The HCU scenic pack run 1 August 2020 traversed some small hills in North Dunedin for about an hour before returning to the club rooms. All runners enjoyed a relaxed pace including Murtle, Merrilee Barbara (and dog), David and Tom.
The walking pack had a flat walk from the clubrooms along ANZAC Ave to the railway station, along the deserted platform and over the footbridge and along to the harbour basin where we looked at the new albatross sculpture and the Neptune Memorial. We then walked round the basin and along Fryatt St then through the walkway to the Boat Harbour and viewed another sculpture, Kuri/Dog, before returning to the clubrooms via Butts Rd. Some members of the group expressed concern that we were 5 minutes late for afternoon tea but they need not have worried, there was plenty left for us.
On Sunday 26th July we had 27 Hill City-University Athletes compete at the Barnes Cross Country. We had a big number of successful results.
The ODT article can be accessed at https://www.odt.co.nz/sport/athletics/race-win-dedicated-nephew
5km open men:
First home was Phil Morris in a time of 29:34. Phil dedicated his win to his nephew that recently passed away (Flynn Morris-Clarke). Flynn was a very successful athlete during his time competing for Hill City-University and is one of the most talented distance athletes to come through the club. It was great to see Phil draw inspiration from Flynn, with a great performance in taking the title. Third home with a strong run was Simon Rhodes. Fastest time went to Logan Slee in 17:20, and Second fastest time went to Russell Green in 17:40.
Open Women (3.75km):
Zara Geddes was first home in 21.41 and recorded fastest time. This is a seriously impressive performance and backs up a great run at the South Island Cross Country (Kennet Cup) champs, where she took the under 16 women’s south island cross country title.
Men under 18 (2.5km):
Jake Owen ran second fastest time in 9.01
Women under 18 (2.5km):
Anya Rhodes ran second fastest time in 11:08.
Boys under 14:
Third place home was Alex Walker in 5:38. Fastest time went to Lachlan Crumpton in 5:24, Archie Rhodes recorded the second fastest time in 5:32.
Girls under 14:
Lila Rhodes ran 3rd fastest time in 5:40.
Many other athletes had great performances, and the full set of results can be found at https://hillcity.org.nz/results/
Additional photos can be found on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/HillCityUniversity
It was great to be back at the Tomohawk Domain Hall on Saturday for the Annual TK cowan Race. This is such a challenging and fun race, and we were really lucky with the weather again. This course has it all. Steep hills, Gravel, grass, sand, and road. The perfect setting to run your legs off.
We had 28 people compete across the races, and it was really nice to see other clubs (Leith and Ariki) athletes join in on the event. Listening to Bruce Cowan (the son of TK Cowan) talking about the history of the event was particularly interesting. The event was initially created to be as difficult as possible by the Prespeterian Harrier Club, and they invited Dunlaider and the Mornington Harrier clubs to join in on the event. Eventually the 3 Clubs all merged to become Hill City. The Next club merger was with the University club, and now this forms the amalgamation of the 4 clubs. This is how we became Hill City-University. It’s really nice to see that the events culture is still strong in bringing people together from different Dunedin clubs. This year a closed car park allowed us to make the course even more challenging, which was great for the people who like the punishment.
Rumor has it that Sarah Warner bribed her handicap (not really-just a good run) to allow her to run away to a 3 minute victory. However, since she is not Hill City-University affiliated it was Merrilee Cowan who claimed line honours and took home the trophy for this year. Such an awesome achievement for Merrilee, and I am sure it was made even more special since the race is named after her Grandfather, and her father (Bruce) was presenting her the winning trophy. Second women home was Barbara Patrick, who had a strong run. Third home was Anya Rhodes in her first time competing in the 8km, seriously impressive stuff. First Man home was the experienced TK Cowan performer Phil Morris, followed by Dwayne Sheddan with a good run, 3rd man went to Elliot O’Sullivan. Men’s fastest times went to Josh Hou, Elliot O’Sullivan, and Dwayne Sheddan. Women’s fastest times went to Shireen Crumpton, Sarah Rhodes, and Georgie Pakeho. Lachlan Crumpton takes home the colts trophy in the 5km event. A full set of results can be found at https://hillcity.org.nz/2020/07/18/tk-cowan-provisional-results/, well done to everyone that competed.
Thanks very much to all the volunteers that help with everything that goes into these events. There are always a large number of people that help, and I know that we are thankful to all the individuals who support the club through volunteering.
|First Women Home||Name||Time|
|1st||Merrilee Williams (Overall winner)||51:05|
|First Men Home|
|Fastest Colt/First home|
8km Overall Race Results
Thanks to everyone for the awesome Saturday of competitive racing. The Facebook posted photos give a great impression of how spoilt we were with the weather. Big thanks to our Sponsors Shoe Clinic, Otago Dental Service, Archie the coffee caravan, and all the various officials that helped make the event another successful year. Can any members still to pay the $10 entry fee contact firstname.lastname@example.org or bring the $10 to the TK Cowan race this weekend.
This Saturday, 18 July we have our annual TK Cowan race – from the Tomohawk Hall, 307 Tomohawk road: This is a great event, an 8km Handicap race over road, beach, and golf course. There are kids races of 3km and 5km also available. There is no requirement to be registered, so come along and we will make sure a handicap is allocated. Please arrive by 1:30pm and racing will start at 2pm, All clubs and runners are welcome. Please bring a plate for afternoon tea. We will fire up the oven and have savouries to warm us up after the event. We will also require 8 marshals’ to monitor road crossings. Please contact email@example.com if you are available to assist or have any questions.
Last weekend we hosted the Lovelock relays at the University oval. We had superb results across all grades. It was a perfect day for some competitive racing. Awesome seeing so many people keen to be involved:
Team Rhodes (Archie, Anya, Lila, and Simon) cruised in for second place in the social grade. This provided a great warmup for their main events, which the whole family performed well, and contributed to the success of 3 separate teams. Great to see the next generation of runners experiencing tough racing. The HCU Social team of Rachael Shields, Hellen Collins, Ollie O’Sullivan, and David Mackle combined to compete in the social event.
Alex Walker, and Violet Pakeho competed together in the primary kids race. A sick team member had to cancel, and this resulted in Alex running 3 separate and impressive legs. It was fantastic to see both young athletes working together to come home first.
High School Boys:
Luke Geddes, Matthew Bolter, Lachlan Crumpton, and Archie Rhodes all had strong runs, winning the High School Boys grade. Some impressive times being run by these up and coming young runners.
We had 2 Masters mens teams compete. HCU Masters team 1 finished a close second place (Elliot O’Sullivan, Tim Bolter, Simon Rhodes, and Stephen Bloomfield). Our number 2 Masters team also performed well with (Richard Fogarty, Phil Morris, Dwayne Sheddan, and Mark Geddes).
Masters Women: Georgy Pakeho, Barbara Patrick, Cathy Weatherston, and Myrtle Rough performed well and are a total inspiration.
The two Hill City-Womens teams were closely placed together. The HCU team 1 (Laura Bungard, Bella Bloomfield, Anya Rhodes, Lila Rhodes) and HCU team 2 (Shireen Crumpton, Ali Cragie, Leia Silby, Lilah Gilenberg). Apologies for some of the issues with our timing within this race. None the less there were some impressive performances here.
HCU Senior men 1 and 2 had a few late changes, and the HCU team 1 came away with the title (Caden Shields, Kirk Madgwick, Ollie O’Sullivan, Logan Slee, Josh Hou, and Russell Green). HCU Team 2 narrowly managed to claim the bronze medal, with some exciting racing (Nico Alverez-Ray, Jake Owen, Tim Dawbin, Elliot O’Sullivan, Tom Spencer, Ollie O’Sullivan).
There are some errors in times. Particularly the Masters men/Senior women. There was an issue as a team picked up another teams pack. If you feel your time is not correct let oliver.osullivan@gmail know and we can add the athletes self timed results beside the result. Apologies for the inconvenience. Dubious times are (Bold and italics).
|28 Dundas (1st Place)||Liam Miller||Blake Miller||Bernaby Kelly||Abbie Mortimer|
|Team Rhodes (2nd Place)||Archie Rhodes||Lila Rhodes||Anya Rhodes||Simon Rhodes|
|HCU Social||Rachael Shields||Hellen Collins||Ollie O’Sullivan||David Mackle|
|Ariki Green||Sarah Longsbury||Charlotte Summers||Lola Saunders||Amy Porter|
|Civil Family||Joe Connely||Jack Connely||Rose Connely||Matthew Connely|
|Taieri (3rd Place)||Amanda Waldrom||Tarryn Fahey||Janice Finnie||Graham Murphie|
|Caversham Social 1||Judy Robinson||Phil Coates||Vicki Evans||Grant Dowland|
|Caversham Social 2||Gavin Chin||Lesley McCormack||Paula Cotter||Sophie Stokes|
|HCU Kids||Alex Walker||Violet Pakeho||Alex Walker (2nd)||Alex Walker (3rd run)|
|Caversham Kids 1||Emily Rose Young||Lachie Rowley||Daniel Ryan||Leo Young|
|Leith Kids #1||Terrance Farella||Oliver Morgan||Rowan Hamilton||Archie Mckinlay|
|Ariki U12 Childern||Hugh Walker||Sammy Walker||Niamh Porter||Charlotte Summer/TBA|
|Caversham Kids 2||Zaydan Reynolds||Sammy Cotter||Quinn Reynolds||Emily Rose Young|
|Leith Kids #2||Daniel Morgan||James O’Neill||Ailish O’Neill||Dante Taigel-Pierce|
|Hcu #1 Masters Women||Georgy Pakeho||Barbara Patrick||Cathy Weatherston||Myrtle Rough|
|Leith Masters Women #1 (2nd Place)||Siobhan McKinlay||Christine Montgomery||Jane Adams||Rach McKinney|
|Caversham VW1 (1st Place)||Kirsty Eyles||Michelle Watt||Claire Anderton||Donna Young|
|Caversham VW2 (3rd Place)||Celia Lie||Rebecca Webster||Donna Tumaru||Evelyn Armstrong|
|Caversham VW3||Sue Kim||Janine Baker||Gail Sharp||Claire Giles|
|HCU Masters #1 (2nd Place)||Elliot O’Sullivan||Tim Bolter||Simon Rhodes||Steve Bloomfield|
|HCU Masters #2||Richard Fogarty||Phil Morris||Dwayne Sheddan||Mark Geddes|
|Leith Masters #1 (1st Place)||Mark O’Neill||Luke McKinley||Simon Leaning||Mark O’Donnell|
|Leith Masters #3||Steve Tripp||Peter Hughes||Marc Boulle||Lee Flowers|
|Ariki MM35 (3rd Place)||Phil Napper||Russell Lund||Eddie Smith||Aaron Porter|
|Civil 1||Rob Homan||Nick Woolcroft||Joe Connely||Peter Frew|
|Caversham MM1||Geoff Anderson||David Sharp||Gordon Wong||Peter Fitzgerald|
|Caversham MM2||Alister McAlevery||Richard Young||Neville Shanks||Ross Gatenby|
|Caversham MM3||Nicholas Heng||Ken Pullar||Neville Scott||Ken Fahey|
|Leith Masters #2 (Disqualified, runner ran twice)||Luke McKinlay||Tom McKinlay||Murray Jensen-McCloy||Simon Leaning|
High School Boys
|HCU #1 Junior Boys (1st Place)||Luke Geddes||Matthew Bolter||Lachlan Crumpton||Archie Rhodes|
|Caversham School Boys (2nd Place)||Ollie Young||Hadlee Edmunds||Patrick Cotter||Beil Brown|
|HCU Womens #2 (2nd Place)||Shireen Crumpton||Ali Craigie||Leia Silby||Lilah Gilenberg|
|Leith SW #1 (1st Place)||Lydia Patillo||Caitlin O’Donnell||Olivia Gold||Meriam van Os|
|Leith SW #2||Sophie Smith||Gaya Gnanalingam||Zoe Van-Wijk||Claudia Sole|
|Caversham Senior Womens #2 (3rd Place)||Becly De La Harpe||Sophie Stokes||Jordan Evans-Tobata||Gracie Young|
|Caversham Senior Women #1 (Disqualified, runner ran twice)||Lehana Reeves||Julie Edmunds||Kirsty Eyles||Lehana Reeves|
|Ariki Senior Women (Disqualified, runner ran twice)||Catherine Lund||Sue Cuthbert||Jen Waker||Catherine Lund|
|HCU Womens #1 (Disqualified, runner left course)||Laura Bungard||Bella Bloomfield||Anya Rhodes||Lila Rhodes|
|Indiv time||5.25||5.26 self timed @5.11||5.51||7.14|
|Mighty HCU#1 (1st Place)||Caden Shields||Kirk Madgwick||Ollie O’Sullivan||Logan Slee||Josh Hou||Russel Green|
|Leith SM#1 (2nd Place)||Nathan Hill||Julius Staufenberg||Nic Bathgate||Jack Divers||Liam Chesney||Janus Staufenberg|
|Leith SM#2||Hanish McKinlay||Harjinder Singh Chander||Stephen Morrison||Neale McLanachan||Andrew Lonie||Mark O’Meill|
|Ariki Senior Men #1||Nathan Harrison||Tony Dodds||Shay Veitch||Braden Arbuckle||Xaviour Walker||Tom McCracken|
|Caversham SM#1 (3rd Place)||Jonah Smith||Ezikiel Stewart||Ben Pigou||Ben Rowley||Leon Miyahara||Nathan Shanks|
|Caversham SM#2||Michael Downe||Jono Ryan||Andrew McCaig||Matthew Wong||Alexander Brown||Alex Dodds|
|Mighty HCU#2 (Disqualified, runner ran twice||Nico Alvarez-Rey||Jake Owen||Tim Dawbin||Elliot O’Sullivan||Tom Spencer||Ollie O’Sullivan|
|Caitlin O’Donnell (Leith)||5:13|